Tom May served as the president of HCA’s Far West Division from
1995 until 2007 when he retired. Located in Henderson, Nevada,
his responsibilities included HCA’s healthcare operations in
California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon, Washington State and
Alaska. This included more than 17 hospitals, a number of
ambulatory surgery and imaging centers and a division office with
corporate support staff.
Prior to joining HCA, Mr. May was the president and CEO of the
Institutional Services Division of UniHealth from 1989 to 1995;
vice president of operations of Paracelsus Healthcare from 1985
to 1989; and vice president, Hospitals and Health Service Company
Operations at Greatwest Hospital, Inc., from 1984 to 1985. Before
that, he held management positions with National Medical
Enterprises from 1979 to 1984, including regional vice president
in New Orleans, Louisiana and Long Beach, California. He served
as CEO and CFO of Indio Community/Valley Memorial Hospitals from
1976 to 1979 and held various financial positions in real estate
development and mortgage banking dating back to 1971.
Mr. May is a life fellow of the American College of Healthcare
Executives. He is past chair of the California Hospital
Association and past chair of the Hospital Council of Northern
and Central California. Since his retirement from HCA, he has
joined the Board of Directors of Merit Health Systems in
Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. May serves as a member of the Audit
Committee. He also serves the parent company, Willis Stein
Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm, as its executive
advisor of healthcare services. Mr. May was recently asked
to serve on the Board of Volunteers in Medicine of Southern
Nevada, a clinic serving financially disadvantaged residents in
Las Vegas, Nevada. He was a member of the Healthy Nevada
Task Force, a Governor-appointed Commission. He was a member of
the Nevada Standing Committee on Judicial Ethics and Election
Practices. Mr. May has served on the National Advisory Board for
the Western Governors University. He has participated in numerous
other community and charitable boards in his career.
Mr. May received a bachelor’s degree in social science from
California State University, Northridge in 1970 and an M.B.A.
from the University of California, Irvine in 1976. He was
honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1971. Mr. May
and his wife, Diane, reside in Henderson, Nevada. They have two
grown children and four grandchildren.
Clinical Professor Emeritus
Department of Community Health Systems
UCSF School of Nursing
Jane Hirsch, R.N., M.S., is clinical professor emeritus in
the UCSF School of Nursing, and is the former director of the
Nursing & Health Systems Leadership Graduate Program in the
School. Her responsibilities included curriculum design,
teaching, student advising/mentoring, as well as participation in
leadership aspects of the Department of Community Health Systems
in the School.
Prior to her role on the UCSF School of Nursing faculty, Ms.
Hirsch served as the chief nursing officer for nine years at the
UCSF Medical Center. In this role, Ms. Hirsch was responsible for
ensuring patient care quality and safety, nursing recruitment and
retention, staff satisfaction, collaboration with other
healthcare professionals, participation in strategic planning for
the Medical Center, and representing patient care issues to
Medical Center executive leadership.
She is a graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing at the
University of Missouri-Columbia, and received her graduate degree
from the UCSF School of Nursing. She is an editor of Clinical
Nursing, now in its 5th edition, and has consulted and presented
nationally and internationally on issues related to nursing
leadership, patient safety, clinical ethics, and quality of care.
Craig Beam is the managing director of healthcare services for
CBRE, responsible for delivery of all real estate services to all
of the firm’s healthcare clients in the western United States.
Prior to that, Mr. Beam was the senior vice president of MDS,
consulting with mostly healthcare non-profits on a variety of
business issues. Mr. Beam served as the interim CEO and treasurer
for the World Heart Federation in Switzerland and was also a
partner with Hammes Company, one of the nation’s largest
healthcare consulting firms.
Mr. Beam has held a number of senior-level positions with
nonprofits and other professional and policy organizations,
including the National Institute of Health, the American Heart
Association in Dallas, AllHealth, the California Hospital
Association’s OSHPD Task Force, the State of California’s Task
Force on Cardiovascular Disease and Pacificare Health Systems.
He has also received many civic and professional awards,
including the Gold Heart Award from the American Heart
Association in 2007, the California Hospital Association’s
Trustee of the Year award in 1999, an endowed fellowship from the
National Health Foundation in 1998 and the California Heart
Association’s Volunteer of the Year award in 1995.
Mr. Beam earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from California
State University, Fullerton.
School of Nursing
United States University | San Diego
Pilar De La Cruz-Reyes, MSN, RN, serves as director of
United States University’s School of Nursing, San Diego campus,
located in Chula Vista, California. Prior to arriving at
United States University in 2011, Ms. De La Cruz-Reyes served as
the diversity director at the California Institute for Nursing
and Health Care and also as the executive director of the San
Joaquin Valley Nursing Education Consortium, part of the Hospital
Council of Northern and Central California. She is a former
member of the nursing faculty at both San Joaquin Valley College
and Fresno Pacific University and served as chief nurse executive
at the Fresno Heart Hospital. She also held several clinical and
administrative positions at Fresno Community Hospital during her
Ms. De La Cruz-Reyes has held a number of senior-level positions
with other non-profits and professional organizations, including
the National Hispanic Nurses Association (San Joaquin Chapter),
the Central San Joaquin Valley Nursing Leadership Council, the
Association of California Nurse Leaders, the American Association
of Critical Care Nurses, the National Subacute Care Association,
the Central California School of Pharmacy, the State Center
Community College Foundation and the American Heart Association
(Central Valley Chapter).
Ms. De La Cruz-Reyes earned her diploma from the O’Connor
Hospital School of Nursing in San Jose, California. She also
earned both her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree
in nursing education from California State University, Dominguez